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Coronavirus has shown the dangers of our addiction to wealth. Our new world must prioritise happiness

Money is crucial to securing a stable and comfortable life. But pre-Covid, our obsession with wealth was reaching dangerous heights—now, we must rebuild

By Paul Dolan  

In a major speech focussing on the government’s plan to revive the post-Covid, Boris Johnson recently promised to “build back better, build back greener, build back faster.” But if the pace of economic growth remains the only measure of success, then “faster” will dominate “better” and “greener,” as it has done for years. Building back differently to before will require us to measure the quality of economic growth as well as its quantity.

It also requires us to restructure our psychological landscapes as well as our physical ones. Above all else,…

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